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Research: Intellectual Property

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent representations he has received on the obligations placed on researchers supported by research council grants to enter into research collaboration agreements to incorporate their intellectual property with companies. (256839)

I am not aware of any direct representations received by the Department. However, there may have been such representations to the Research Councils.

Research Councils have recently clarified their position on intellectual property through a revision to the common grant condition (GC21) on Exploitation and Impact (formerly Commercial Exploitation). This states that the ownership of intellectual property, and responsibility for its exploitation, rests with the organisation that generates it.